The Simplest Way Cook Shish Kabobs in the Oven

Making shish kabobs in the oven isn't that difficult.
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If weather keeps you from grilling your shish kabobs on your outdoor grill, broiling them in your oven produces nearly the same delicious effect. Assemble the main components: a basic marinade and chunks of your favorite meats, vegetables and even fruits.

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It's a relatively simple meal your entire family will enjoy — even picky eaters usually find a few things they like! Make them healthy, spice them up or experiment with something new. You can create different variations of oven-broiled shish kabobs for any occasion.

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Step 1: Marinade Your Ingredients

  • First, make your own marinade or use a store-bought one. Try mixing together vegetable oil, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl or large liquid-tight plastic food bag.
  • Cut your meat into cubes and place them in the bowl or bag of marinade and stir or toss to coat the meat evenly.
  • Marinade the beef overnight in the refrigerator. If you're using a bowl, be sure to seal it tightly.

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Step 2: Prep Skewers and Oven

  • Soak your bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes before assembling your shish kabobs. If you're using metal skewers, brush them with a thin layer of vegetable oil.
  • Adjust your oven rack so that it's approximately five inches from the broiler element and set your oven to broil.

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Step 3: Assemble Your Kabobs

  • Decide what vegetables, fruit or tofu you want to include in your kabobs and chop it up into cubes, just like to did with the meat.
  • Now you can take the meat out of the fridge and assemble your shish kabobs on the skewers, alternating meat, vegetables and any other ingredients you want to include.

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Step 4: Cook the Kabobs

  • Place the shish kabobs on the broiler pan and place the pan in your oven. Watch the shish kabobs closely, as oven temperatures vary.
  • After approximately 7 to 8 minutes, turn the kabobs over to the other side to ensure even cooking.
  • You'll know it's time to remove the shish kabobs from the oven when you insert a meat thermometer inserted into several beef cubes and it reads at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 5: Let Rest, Then Serve and Enjoy!

  • After you've taken the shish kabobs out of the oven, let them rest on a platter for a few minutes to allow the juices in the meat to redistribute.
  • Then get ready to serve them to your family and friends and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor!

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